If you stone a peach, you remove its pit. But if you stone your friend, you’re going to jail. If you get stoned, you need some popcorn.
You can trim a tree, as in, take shears to it and cut it into the shape of Godzilla, or you can trim a tree, as in add decorations and lights to said Godzilla tree. Whatever you do, make sure Godzilla is involved.
Cleave can mean to…well, take a cleaver to the heads of fish, or it can mean to cling or adhere to. Pretty opposite meanings, if you ask me. This is a case of homographs; two words of different origins (the Old English words clifian and cleofan) ended up spelled the same way. Way to go, modern English.
You can resign from your job, or you can resign your contract to keep your job! They’re not exactly pronounced the same way, but Melanie Griffiths forgives.
Sure, turn the lights off — deactivate them — or set off, as in, activate, an alarm.
I don’t even get language anymore.